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Government plans 50 UTCs by 2016

The government has approved six more University Technical Colleges in a move that will bring the total number operating across the country to 50 by 2016.

Two of the training hubs for technicians and engineers were given the go-ahead in London, with the others located in Bolton, Peterborough, Scunthorpe and Warrington.

In 2015/2016 the UTCs will be capable for taking on around 300,000 students. Currently only 17 are open, with a further 15 due to open their doors this September.

Lord Baker, chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which has been working to establish a network of the colleges for six years, said: “I am delighted that UTCs enjoy all-party support and that the Coalition continues to back them.

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“Several applications were very close to approval and the Department has said that they will provide additional support for their reapplications before the next deadline.”

There will be a further application round later this year with a closing date of 9 May 2014 for UTCs to open in 2016.

Natalie Thornhill

(Pictured: BDT chairman Lord Baker)

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